Remembering The Civil War Philadelphia

 

"Jim Mundy in the Union League's Archives. Philadelphia played a more important role in the Civil War than any other Northern city, he says." | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

Jim Mundy in the Union League’s Archives. “Philadelphia played a more important role in the Civil War than any other Northern city, he says.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer’s Mike Newall speaks with Jim Mundy, the Union League’s director of education and programming, who will speak this weekend at the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides’ annual conference and lecture series, “Guide’s View of Philadelphia.” “Ben Franklin is this black hole,” muses Mundy. “He sucked up all the rest of Philadelphia history.” His Philadelphia is a city firmly footed in the uneasy middle years of the nineteenth century, a city that, being the southern-most port city of the free states, suffered many of the same fissures as the Union itself.
  • On International Woman’s Day yesterday, Billy Penn’s Mark Dent considers the underrepresentation of Philadelphia women—much less women as a whole —among the city’s public art pieces. You can even take in the majority of sculptures depicting Philly women at one quick glance, this at 16th & Arch, with the three miniature figures of Betsy Ross, PAFA-educated Impressionist Mary Cassatt, and early African-American physician Rebecca Cole perched upon the pole outside the Department of Human Services building.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Grand Army of the Republic
    Museum and Library
    4278 Griscom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19124-3954

    (215) 289-6484

    garmuslib@verizon.net

  2. What ever happened to the Civil War Muesum?

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